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Work by Jean Toomer, published in 1923, is a major product of the Harlem Renaissance. A brief book incorporating stories, poetry, and a play, the first third presents black people, mainly women, in the South in prose and verse sketches; the next group of tales deals with light-colored persons in the North, uncertain about themselves and their place in society; and the last third of the work contains one story, “Kabnis,” about a black of that name from the North who goes to the South as a teacher, meets blacks of diverse views, and is frustrated in his search for a way of life.

Subjects: Literature.

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